You can make a difference.

Be a Hero in our Community

A simple act of kindness can help our community thrive and change lives forever.

United Way is making a difference in Davidson, Williamson, Robertson, Cheatham and Hickman counties. Your donation will help us serve everyone in Greater Nashville. 

Check out these 50 different ways you can be a hero in our community.

  1. Donate to United Way’s Community Fund.
  2. Pick up garbage in your neighborhood for the planet and your community.
  3. Buy the next person in line a coffee at your favorite coffeehouse.
  4. Mentor a child through Raise Your Hand TN.
  5. Drive senior citizens to doctor’s appointments or the grocery store as a Senior Ride volunteer.
  6. Write a note of gratitude to a person that has impacted your life.
  7. Lend your voice and support to a foster child as a Court Appointed Special Advocate.
  8. De-clutter your house and donate the items for good.
  9. Make cookies and bring them to your local fire or police station as a thank-you for their service.
  10. Donate new household items to Safe Haven to help a family transitioning out of homelessness get set up in their new home.
  11. Go to your local animal shelter and spend time with the animals that need a home.
  12. Bring your reusable bags to the grocery store—every time.
  13. Volunteer. Even giving a few hours makes a big difference for a nonprofit organization.
  14. Help someone achieve their fitness and wellness goals by volunteering at The New Beginnings Center.
  15. Collect your old books and donate them to a Little Free Library.
  16. Volunteer as a medical advocate and assist survivors of sexual assault through the Sexual Assault Center.
  17. Spread the word. Share our message via your social media outlets and inspire others to Be a Hero in our community.
  18. Skip buying a plastic water bottle. Refill a reusable bottle. Every minute, 1,500 plastic bottles pollute our planet.
  19. Pack food bags for clients who are living with HIV or AIDS at Nashville CARES.
  20. Tutor an elementary school student in the STARS After-School program at Bethlehem Center of Nashville.
  21. Teach your children how they can make the world a better place.
  22. Sign up to be a Lunch Buddy at a local elementary school through Communities in Schools.
  23. Plant a tree.
  24. Visit a local assisted living home and listen to a resident’s story.
  25. Serve as a personal shopper alongside low-income families at the Martha O’Bryan Center food pantry.
  26. Leave a letter for the postal worker who delivers the mail. Thank them for what they do.
  27. Lend your time to a child through Big Brothers Big Sisters.
  28. Get together with your friends and plan a toy, book or clothing drive. Donate the items to a local shelter.
  29. Bring an extra lunch to work or school and give it to someone who might have forgotten theirs.
  30. For your friend’s birthday, donate to a charity in their honor rather than purchasing a gift.
  31. Have a potluck dinner with friends and give the money you saved on a restaurant to a local food pantry.
  32. Buy a pack of diapers to be distributed to moms in need through Nurses for Newborns.  
  33. Deliver holiday meals at Thanksgiving or Christmas through Fifty Forward’s Meals on Wheels program.
  34. Buy your next item of clothing from a secondhand store.
  35. Help an elderly neighbor carry their groceries from their car.
  36. Ask friends and families to donate to your charity of choice in lieu of holiday gifts.
  37. Donate new or gently used winter coats, hats and gloves for MNPS students in need.
  38. Plant some seeds at a community garden in your neighborhood.
  39. Give blood.
  40. Donate your used bike to the Oasis Center’s bicycle shop which teaches at-risk teens how to rebuild bicycles while building their self-esteem.
  41. Help build a house through Habitat for Humanity.
  42. Write a letter thanking a member of our armed services for their service.
  43. Coach a kids’ sports team or Girls on the Run group to encourage confidence and physical fitness in local children.
  44. Volunteer your time through a United Way Day of Action.
  45. Host a canned food drive to donate to Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee.
  46. Participate in a park clean-up day through Metro Parks and Recreation.
  47. Become a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance free tax prep volunteer to help our neighbors keep more of what they earn.
  48. Help build early literacy skills by reading to infants and toddlers through Imagination Library’s Read, Baby Read! program.
  49. Teach an English as a Second Language class through Conexión Américas.
  50. Donate your old eyeglasses to be refurbished for people in need.
  51. Assist a teacher at First Steps, Inc. to help care for children with special needs.